n Commonwealth Youth and Development - The community as a determinant of learners' aggressive behaviour in secondary schools




A study was undertaken to determine the extent to which the community contributes towards aggressive behaviour exhibited by secondary school learners. An extensive literature review showed that social factors contribute to aggressive behaviour among learners. In order to support or reject the findings of the literature study, quantitative (questionnaire) research was conducted. The research results concerning the contribution of social climate towards learners' aggressive behaviour in secondary schools indicated that the more negative the social climate of the learner the more aggressive the learner is, and vice versa. There is a need to consider intervention strategies that target learners and community members in order to reduce learners' aggressive behaviour. The inclusive intervention programmes outlined in this article are essential to help reduce negative effects on individuals, schools and communities.


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